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Teen Health Camp Makes News!

...nearly 300 East Hawaii teens who participated in the free camp this year, its largest turnout ever. The goal was to expose students to various health care-related careers in Hawaii, which historically has experienced a shortage of physicians and other medical workers. In addition to compounding, students got to learn how to suture, put on an arm cast, practice calculating body mass index and take blood pressure. Workshops were led by older health care students, including medical students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and pharmacy and nursing students from UH-Hilo.
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“Be a Lifesaver Hawaii” campaign aims to improve cardiac arrest survival rates

Over the last two years, Hawaii Island’s survival rate for people experiencing cardiac arrest in front of bystanders went from 4 percent to 6.8 percent. The jump appears to be the result of efforts by the Hawaii Fire Department to train people in important life-saving techniques including performing chest compressions and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), according to Chris Honda, captain of the department’s Emergency Medical Services Bureau. The Hilo Medical Center Foundation, in conjunction with partners including the fire department, the County of Hawaii, Hilo Medical Center, KTA Super Stores, the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, and more, will officially kick off on Feb. 24 the “Be a Lifesaver Hawaii” campaign.
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Rotary Club Awards Hilo Medical Center Foundation

The Rotary Club of Hilo’s annual Brewfest in June was a roaring success, enabling the club to donate $13,200 each to two local nonprofit recipients in addition to adding to the club’s own foundation that helps local organizations.

At a recent Rotary Club meeting, Robin Benedict of the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of East Hawaii along with Dr. Kay Nodling, Julie Tulang and Lisa Rantz of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation were on hand to accept the awards.

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